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The New Nobility: The Restoration of Russia's Security State and the Enduring Legacy of the KGB

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In The New Nobility, two courageous Russian investigative journalists open up the closed and murky world of the Russian Federal Security Service. While Vladimir Putin has been president and prime minister of Russia, the Kremlin has deployed the security services to intimidate the political opposition, reassert the power of the state, and carry out assassinations overseas. ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by PublicAffairs
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Frank Kelly
Communism's collapse caused the KGB to undergo a massive and wretching restructuring (not a bad thing from where we sit in the West). But it has undergone a fascinating resurgence under the leadership of Vladimr Putin. Not all of it has gone well -- in fact, there have been breathtaking disasters as the authors detail in chapters covering the Chechin seiges of the schoolhouse in Beslin and the theater in Moscow (both of which ended with a staggering loss of life). Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borog ...more
Ivan Kapersky
May 24, 2014 Ivan Kapersky rated it really liked it
Every country has their secret police or agency with the sole duty of protecting and guaranteeing the state affairs. In the book The Nobility: The Restoration of Russia’s Security State and the Enduring Legacy of the KGB by Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan, both are Russian journalist that investigate in detail the transformation of the KGB into what is known today as the FSB or the Federal Security Service.

In the book, both authors narrated in detail how the KGB was transformed into the FSB. A
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Jonathan
Dec 16, 2014 Jonathan rated it really liked it
Great to read a book by some fearless Russian journalists citing chapter and verse how the FSB and putins cronies run Russia. This is a good follow up for me to Luke Hardings Mafia State. The same tactics from the FSB are described: routine and systematised intimidation without oversight or recourse by individuals or groups. The book is especially interesting showing how the FSB evolved from the chaos of the soviet collapse and how it is in many ways a continuation of the Tsarist, then Soviet se ...more
John Carpenter
I have just finished the book. It is excellent. The events of the last decade in Russia are very real, and cannot dismissed or ignored by anyone who tries to be aware of the world situation or Russia in particular. This not a book about "politics"; it delineates the real, important events between 1999 and 2015 with clarity, knowledge, and depth.
Russia has become a totalitarian police state with almost total media control; but it has relatively broad consent-- it appears-- of the governed. The i
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Inessa
Mar 03, 2013 Inessa rated it it was amazing
exclusive selection of materials about Russian security services, numerous interesting topics covered.
But the interpretation is too negative I belive
James Folan
Oct 13, 2011 James Folan rated it really liked it
Very important book. Required reading for anyone interested in Russia today.
Ivo Crnkovic-Rubsamen
Mar 23, 2011 Ivo Crnkovic-Rubsamen rated it it was ok
The new nobility was a disheartening display of poor writing's ability to make even the most interesting topics unpalatable. The book's central thesis, available on it's front cover, is stunningly simple and sets the book up for an uneventful ride through mediocrity. Despite the simple thesis and a good base of research, the structure of the book is mystifying, seemingly a string of anecdotes or trains of thought with no rhyme or reason to their order or interactions. I suspect the book was larg ...more
Christopher
Mar 25, 2015 Christopher rated it really liked it
This is one of those books that should be mandatory reading for those that think just because the Iron Curtain fell all is right with Russia.

The authors do an excellent job of laying out their premise that the old KGB didn't die, it just got a new name. The personnel and more frighteningly for Russians is that the tactics have not change. Given what Russian is currently doing in Ukraine and is suspected of doing in other neighboring countries, this book is great read to open one's eyes to what R
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ChadBroChill
Mar 31, 2015 ChadBroChill rated it really liked it
"In October 2006 colonel Nikolai Malkov, director of the central sports club of the FSB Border Guards service, was chosen to become the main trainer of the Russian national pig team by the Sport Pig Federation ...Piglets competed in three events: pig racing, pig swimming, and 'pigball'."

The penetration of Russian civil society by the security services is worse than I had thought...
Joe Wisniewski
Jul 25, 2011 Joe Wisniewski is currently reading it
20% in and I am not impressed. Book should have been edited by a native English speaker (it clearly wasn't). So far, I am even quite sure what the message is. It seems very disjointed with what appear to be attempts at first-hand episodes and events meant to illustrate the erosion of the constitutionally mandated privacy rights. Well, there is no news there. The events portrayed end up being mostly second hand references without seeming to contribute to a pattern or a story that is meant to be t ...more
Kw Estes
Feb 04, 2015 Kw Estes rated it really liked it
Very good current events-style collection of investigative reporting pieces by two intrepid Russian reporters. Though it is hard to find an overarching thesis in the book, one finds that they have a better "feel" for the operations of Russian politics and security matters after reading it. Discussion of where Russian security has wound up in the Putin era, and the events that have had to be responded to in the same (persistent terrorist attacks; violent separatism; an active, domestic Islamic fu ...more
Gaojun1020
Jun 01, 2015 Gaojun1020 rated it really liked it
Very informative.
Massimo Monteverdi
I nostalgici del KGB possono oggi consolarsi con l'FSB, il nuovo servizio segreto unificato comandato da se stesso, potere politico e poliziesco incarnato in una capillare struttura che tutto controlla ma che, quando fallisce, produce tragedie (da Dubrovka a Beslan). Il testo, tuttavia, asettico e privo di nerbo, sconta un imperdonabile difetto: lo scarsissimo spazio dedicato ad Anna Politkovskaya.
Nemalevich
однобокая книга, предназначенная только для того, чтобы рассказать внешнему (западному) читателю об ужасах фсб. тон обличительный, новых фактов удалось узнать мало. много передергиваний и безосновательных выводов. авторы пишут о существовании метро-2 как о факте, хотя своими глазами ни разу его не видели.
John
Jan 04, 2011 John rated it really liked it
The authors do a very good job of covering the past 12 years or so of the development and operations of the Russian security services. The replacement of the Party by a security elite is probably not going to work any more effectively or efficiently for the Russian state.
Wes
Apr 12, 2012 Wes rated it did not like it
I just didn't like the way the subject matter seemed to be somewhat disorganized, and there were so many names of people, making it impossible to follow. I had anticipated a much more interesting, readable book, and so I was greatly disappointed.
Chuck
Mar 17, 2015 Chuck rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting book; great facts. Writing is not great.
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